Design A Logo Competition

Dear friends

A while ago I was asked by one of the directors of sport in Rzhyshchiv if I would help sponsor a set of uniforms for a junior football team. I agreed to this and just yesterday met with him to organize the details. He wants me to have a logo or name or something to put on it and he wants it by the 24th of this month.

So here is announcing a

Design a Logo Competition

  • Needs to be clear
  • Needs to be sent to me by Thursday 24th May
  • Winner will be given an honourable mention on my website and in a monthly update as well as I will send you a genuine Matriolka Doll set

He said it would be great to have one in English
Could be picture only, words only – or both

My ideas are limited – that is why I’m asking you to help
Would look good on the resume to have designed a logo for an international football team 

Love Jono
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Art of Luda

Luda is 28 years old. She remembers as a young girl coming first in a race at school. But that is now a very distant memory. When Luda was 16 years old she became sick and as a result developed ‘miasteniya’. This disease affects nerves and muscles and consequently Luda was left in a wheel chair for a number of years. Miasteniya is treatable but costly. Luda has had one operation and she walks with a pronounced limp. Stairs are very difficult and slow for her. Usually someone carries her up and down the stairs at church.

I had the privilege of visiting Luda and seeing her art work. She loves to draw. She mainly draws objects or copies pictures that are in front of her. I photographed a sampling of her art (sorry I don’t have a photo of Luda yet as she decided she was not dressed properly for a photograph).

We talked at length. I hesitantly asked her about her limp. She was really happy to talk. She wanted to know if I had more questions. She said it was wonderful for someone to take an interest in her life. She has very few visitors and doesn’t get out of the house very much at all.

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May Monthly Update 2007

As I was typing this letter my neighbour came over and reminded me that I had promised to help her grandson move. He and his wife and daughter are moving back into the family home next door. She said I’d better go now cause his stuff is outside and it’s about to rain. When I finished helping them a couple more guys came over to borrow some volleyball gear and have a cup of tea. Life is full of interruptions or should I call them opportunities? It depends on my perspective.

Rural Ukraine Foreign Language Service
The registration process is still in the pipeline. I have made progress and am awaiting some translation services to be completed.

The exciting news is the students. I now have four classes a week. This is keeping me on my toes in preparation. I am still looking to find some really helpful resources. I have just a few. I plan on attending some ESL courses when I am back in Australia next year.

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Ukraine vs Germany Rugby Match

A couple thousand spectators wandered into Kyiv’s Spartak Stadium to watch a near top of the table clash between Ukraine and Germany in this year’s European Nations Cup. Having been relegated last year, Ukraine immediately found themselves again on the back foot defending their line after knocking on from the kick off. The intensity was strong, but their resolve held out and they went back to half way – only 3 points down.

The next few passages of play saw great forward work for the first 5 pointer for Ukraine. Converted from the sideline, Ukraine hit the lead 7-3. More aggressive pick and go from the forwards saw Germany back pedaling and Ukraine makes it 14-3. A couple more penalties are all Germany can manage. Ukraine’s tackling was aggressive and their defense clinical. But a terrible mistake from the full back just before half time allows the German team over the line and the conversion gives them the lead.

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April 2007 Monthly Update

The Kyiv Metro system has some very long escalators. I like waving to all the people going the other way and calling out “hello” or “smile”! Most people try to stare straight ahead, but some will smile or wave back, and the other day someone called out “Jono!” Kyiv is a small place!!

Rural Ukraine Foreign Language Services
Last month I told you about this new focus and the last 4 weeks have been focused on pursuing this. I have met with countless people, searched many pages on the internet, and so far have nothing concrete to show for it. Sorry, I do have one thing – I now have a tax file number here in Ukraine. Also I have found out a lot of information, much of it contradictory or confusing. I have found a number of people who are interested in the idea and some who say they want to help after I first get registered.

I am thinking of teaching a few people from home on an informal basis, to get a start and to raise more interest.

Olya (my translator) worked for me for the best part of 4 weeks. She has now finished up and gone back to Poltava.

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Jonos Birthday Today!

Happy Birthday Jono

Love from Tim and Judith, Miranda, Jadeen, Erin and Mercedes.

Feel free to login and add your birthday wishes in the comments below.

March 2007 Monthly Update

Rural Ukraine Foreign Language Services
1. To register an organisation that allows us to:
• Teach foreign languages
• Pay workers
• Receive money for services
• Receive money as gifts from within Ukraine and overseas
• Live in Ukraine as foreigners
• Bring foreign visitors to Ukraine
• Rent premises
• Operate totally legally and transparently
2. To open a language centre in Rzhyshchiv.
• Find a place to rent
• Advertise for students
• Prepare lesson materials
• Ascertain appropriate fee structure
• Start teaching classes
3. To teach English one or two days a week in one (or both) of Rzhyshchiv’s local schools
• Speak to English teachers
• Speak to school Principals (Heads)

The next few weeks will be dedicated to the above 3 goals. I have hired a translator for 3 weeks. Olya from Poltava will be coming to Rzhyshchiv and working with me each day as I will be meeting with people here in Rzhyshchiv and in Kyiv to accomplish these tasks.

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